If the private portion of the service pipe is lead or galvanized, and the public portion is not lead, the property owner is eligible for the Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program (LPRAP).
While every property owner can receive 50% of costs covered (not to exceed $2,500), regardless of income, some residents will qualify for 80%-100% assistance depending on their household size and income:
The table below provides the dollar figures for each program’s income limits by household size:
|Income Limits (October 2020- September 2021)|
|Household Size||Assistance Level 1||Assistance Level 2||Assistance Level 3|
|1||$70,600||$88,200||No Income Limit|
|*Figures are capped by the Budget Support Act|
|Assistance Level||Percentage of costs covered|
|1||100% of costs, up to the established cap|
|2||80% of first $2,000 of costs, plus 100% of costs over $2,000|
|3||50% of costs, not to exceed $2,500|
How do I apply?
To determine if your household is eligible for LPRAP, search your address. If your private side pipes are lead but the public spaces pipes are not, you are eligible for this program.
You can apply online, by email, or through mail:
- Online LPRAP Application
- Email your application and documentation to
- Mail your LPRAP Application to DOEE, Attn: Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002.
The following documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered:
- Household’s most recent DC Water bill;
- Property owner’s photo identification;
- Proof of property ownership; and
- Proof of income for each member of the household (if seeking approval for the income-eligible program).
What are the next steps in the process?
- After a Homeowner submits an application with the required documentation, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will process the application and assign a relief level based on the applicant’s household size and income.
- The DOEE will then notify the Homeowner of the assistance amount for which they have been approved and send the applicant DC Water’s Contractor List.
- The Homeowner will choose a contractor from the Contractor List to perform the replacement.
- The chosen contractor will then submit a Cost Proposal form, with the Homeowner’s signature, to DC Water for review.
- Once DC Water recommends approval for the Cost Proposal, the DOEE will send the Homeowner a Benefit Confirmation Letter detailing next steps.
NOTE: DO NOT START WORK until your application has been approved and you have received a Benefit Confirmation Letter. DO NOT pay a deposit to the contractor.
Is there a contractor list?
As of October 1st, 2020, to be eligible for the LPRAP Homeowners are required to use a contractor from DC Water’s Contractor List of approved contractors.
What guidelines and materials should plumbers and contractors be aware of?
- Guidance for contractors/plumbers (DC Water)
Who do I contact if I need assistance?
- Call 311 or email [email protected]